Meaning of AVALANCHE in English


av ‧ a ‧ lanche /ˈævəlɑːntʃ $ -læntʃ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Language: French ; Origin: French dialect lavantse , avalantse ]

1 . a large mass of snow, ice, and rocks that falls down the side of a mountain:

Two skiers were killed in the avalanche.

2 . an avalanche of something a very large number of things such as letters, messages etc that arrive suddenly at the same time:

The school received an avalanche of applications.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.